Andre T. Melvin, Pastor

Temple Zion Baptist Church


Pastor Andre T. Melvin was born in Washington, DC.  He committed his life to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1994 and submitted to do the Lord’s will.  He accepted God’s call for ministry and pursued training for preparation as a minister of the Gospel.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carver Bible College in Atlanta, GA with Suma Cum Laude honors, and received a Master of Divinity degree from Columbia International University (CIU), in Columbia, SC.  He is presently enrolled in the Doctorate Degree in Ministry program at CIU.

Pastor Melvin was licensed to preach in March 2000 and was ordained in May 2003.  He has served in various ministry capacities prior to Temple Zion Baptist Church such as Street Evangelist, Youth Pastor, Assistant Pastor and Interim Pastor.


On August 20, 2008, Pastor Andre T. Melvin was called to serve as the Senior Pastor of Temple Zion Baptist Church in Columbia, SC, where he has continued to lead the church to be “A Voice for Christ in Our Community” and now the world. He also serves as the President and C.E.O. of The Nehemiah Project Inc., a non-profit faith-based community development corporation, a ministry of Temple Zion Baptist Church.  And He serves as the Director of the Prison Initiative Program for Columbia International University, educating and training men and women to make disciples within the walls of South Carolina Department of Corrections.    


Pastor Melvin is married to First Lady Sheresa Melvin, and in their 17 years of marriage God has blessed them with a wonderful son, M. Melvin, and a beautiful daughter,  E. Melvin.


First Lady Melvin is a graduate of Argosy University in Atlanta, GA with a Masters of Arts degree in Professional Counseling. She currently serves as a counselor in private practice and is on staff at Three Rivers Behavioral Health Center.  She serves faithfully with her husband and pastor as she serves in many ministry capacities at Temple Zion Baptist Church.


Pastor Melvin’s objective is to fulfill God’s purpose for his life as a pastor, utilizing his spiritual giftedness, experience and education to serve God’s people and to reach the lost for God’s glory.   His motto is, “As long as you live, there is still work to do!”